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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Apr 30, 2012 11:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: how can you not like this aiko

http://archive.org/details/gd89-07-07.aud.wiley.7855.sbeok.shnf has to be one of the best and its so early in the first set. ....this show is outstanding. ....Jerry is on his groove!

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Poster: august_wst Date: May 1, 2012 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

I was at this show. This is one of those cases where the recording come off better than the actual show did at the time. You are right though, there is no doubt the band played well. But it can be hard to separate the vibe from the music when you are there.

I think it was mostly the scene itself at this one. It was sweltering hot, people were passing out left and right. The deadheads invaded a pool in the projects nearby and were not at all welcome. I remember there was an invisible line in the middle of the pool with one side suspicious locals and on the other scared sun-stroke hippies. There was a heavy police presence bent on busting everyone in sight. JFK itself was crumbling down around us (six days after show, the mayor condemned the stadium). I know of at lest one person who fell from on to the parking lot from some height and was seriously injured.

My friend and I left tour after this show, we had decided it wasn't worth it anymore. The rest of our group kept on tour, all the way to to Alpine and they reported the scene got progressively better at each city. It turns out the JFK was the low point.

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: May 1, 2012 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

AW
I have to agree. I left this show thinking it was not all that and the usual good Philly vibe was not present in the stadium. Must have been the heat and crumbling of the building as I had seen other shows there and had great times. That being said I left the show underwhelmed and I'm usually surprised when I hear people talk it up.
Then again I don't think I've ever revisited the show since that day, maybe someday I'lll be up to it. Just not motivated for this one.

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Poster: grifftrain2000 Date: May 2, 2012 6:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

Call me an old fuddy duddy, but why is it that any show after 1978 never seems to live up to my hopes? I cant put my finger on it, but they just dont sound the same. I know this may anger some people. I know i dont like it when some people say " the Dead was never any good after Pigpen", so I understand its a blanket statement, but it always rings true for me.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 2, 2012 9:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

We all draw a line somewhere - mine's a few years after yours, but the concept is the same. They evolved. I can enjoy an occasional late-80's or early 90's performance from time to time, but they just don't sound very much like the band that I fell in love with when I first saw them in 1979. In the early 80's they were actively trying to strip the band down to a leaner rock'n'roll sound; by the late-80's I don't believe that was an option or a priority.

It all comes down to personal taste.

I'm paraphrasing Light Into Ashes (poorly, no doubt, but I can't find the original post to link it this morning) when I say that there may be lots of fine musicianship in late-era Dead, but I'm just not that into the sound of that band. It doesn't get into my brain the same way that a 73 or 74 - or even an 81 - performance can.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 2, 2012 12:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

By the late-80s/90s there were fewer and fewer shows that were great all the way through, but there were great performances peppered through most every show through 1993 or so, including some real X-factor stuff. It just became harder and harder to separate the wheat from the chaff. It's worth a listen if you're interested, but it's not worth forcing it if the sounds of that era (Brent/Bruce/Vince; lots of MIDI-driven stuff) don't appeal to you.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 2, 2012 1:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

Don't get me wrong, I've heard some very good stuff from these years. I'm not down on the midi at all, and there's a well-know Canadian show from March 91 that does ring my bell - don't remember the actual date. I also listen to the September 91 Branford show pretty regularly - but this is a very different band from the one that I saw a lot of between 79 and 82

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 1, 2012 7:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

If you haven't seen the DVD of this show yet, you're in for a treat. The quality is very impressive, considering it's 1989.

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Poster: ducats Date: May 1, 2012 5:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

+ back on stage for almost 3hrs

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: May 2, 2012 8:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

Love this one, Jerry very on top of the vocals, "you don't like what the big chief say?"

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Poster: stratocaster Date: May 1, 2012 6:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

Aiko was consistently strong in the 87-89 period...12-31-87, 9-24-1988 are two other standouts that come to mind...07-07 is nice...

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: May 1, 2012 8:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

9/24/88 also has some other first set gems, like the fadeaway and stranger

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Poster: snori Date: May 1, 2012 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how can you not like this aiko

Why do I prefer 'Women are Smarter' to 'Aiko' ?